Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 14:42 UTC
Internet & Networking After an epic vote fail in the lower house yesterday (labour accidentally voted against net neutrality lolfail), which was rectified today, The Netherlands has officially become the second country in the world, and the first in Europe, to turn net neutrality into law (okay, technically it needs to pass the senate, but that's more of a formality in our system). A big middle finger to Sarkozy, Cameron, and Obama. Hey Chile, ./fistbump.sh. We're honoured to follow in your footsteps!
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Berend de Boer
Member since:
2005-10-19

Well, if the companies' business models are oppressive or discriminatory, then I have no problem telling them to either close up shop or find a business model which actually serves customers instead of controlling us.


These are companies providing filtering services for their customers (i.e. porn filters), so customers get so called "safe" internet.

That just became illegal.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Berend de Boer,

"These are companies providing filtering services for their customers (i.e. porn filters), so customers get so called 'safe' internet. That just became illegal."

I doubt the validity of this statement. If you can cite the relevant piece of legislation then we can debate it.

In principal, I see no reason an ISP couldn't offer add-on services to customers, but these services should be completely elective (as in explicit opt-in) and should not preclude customers from signing up to competing services.

If the ISP wants to offer these services in such a way that discriminates against competing services, then that should be illegal.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

These are companies providing filtering services for their customers (i.e. porn filters), so customers get so called "safe" internet.

That just became illegal.

Nope.

People can buy filtering services if they want.

ISPs just can't force them on their customers.

There's a world of difference. Would you really like a world where someone could modify your brain so that you can't see some people, forever, not even know that they exist ? Every blocking service should be separate from the core access to information.

Edited 2011-06-23 06:18 UTC

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